First-Year Admission - Standardized Testing

A standardized test score is required for admission to the university. UNCW will consider either the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT, or both if both are provided. Your standardized test scores are an important factor in our decision, as they are the only universal benchmark to compare all students; however, they are only one factor in the decision. SAT II Subject Tests and AP or IB scores are not considered in the admission decision at UNCW.

SAT Reasoning Test

UNCW will consider scores from either the old SAT or the redesigned SAT. UNCW will continue to “Super Score” student’s results within the same SAT test version.

The old SAT is in effect through the January 2016 test date. 

From March 2005 to March 2016, the SAT includes Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing section scores, reported as three digits on a scale of 200-800, as well as sub scores for the essay and writing multiple choice.

The middle 50 percent of admitted students in 2015 scored an 1130 to a 1250 on the Math and Critical Reading sections of the SAT.  UNCW will also “Super Score” your results, taking your highest Math and Critical Reading sub scores from any test date provided.

A student’s first chance to take the redesigned SAT is March 5, 2016.

The redesigned SAT, beginning March 2016, will contain several new scores.  The total score is on a scale of 400-1600; evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math section scores are on a scale of 200-800. 


The middle 50 percent ACT composite score was a 25-28 for admitted students. UNCW will “Super Score” your results, taking your highest subscores from any ACT test date provided.

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